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Chrome OS gets a new -- but familiar -- look

The newest developer release of Google's browser-based operating system should be more familiar to Windows and Mac OS X users, with a taskbar and windows that can be resized and moved.

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Chrome OS movable windows

The biggest change to the new Chrome OS interface is the ability to have multiple browser windows, each movable and resizable. Previously, the windows had only a full-screen view. And across the bottom is a task bar with shortcuts and system status details.
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Chrome OS app launcher screen

Chrome OS now gets a bigger grid from which to launch apps or Web pages.
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Chrome OS wallpaper choices

With windows that don't necessarily take up the full screen, Chrome OS now can make use of wallpaper. Here are the built-in choices.
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Chrome OS small windows

Chrome OS's resizable windows work better for intentionally small windows that might be subordinate to a primary window.
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Chrome OS interface elements

A diagram of how the parts of Chrome OS's user interface fit together.

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